Once Upon a Time/Not Too Long Ago. Polish TV Series
SAT 21 / 05 / 2016
10:00 – 14:15
The Promised Land room | 1st floor
10:15–10:45 “BARBARA AND JAN” [Barbara and Jan] | Season 1 Episode 1
The first Polish crime/comedy TV series procuded in 1964. It follows the exploits of a novice female journalist, and an experienced photo reporter from one of Warsaw’s newspapers. Each episode is devoted to a different case – an often seemingly trivial story that turns into an original news item.
11:00–11:30 “STAWIAM NA TOLKA BANANA” [I Bet on Tolek Banan] | Season 1 Episode 1
A classic Polish teen series (1973) following the exploits of five teenagers looking for their place in the world. Will the appearance of the mysterious Tolek Banan be an opportunity for them to form real, deep friendships, and leave their hooligan days behind? A cult production from the 1970s about teenage angst and the search for role models.
11:45–12:45 “EKIPA” [The Crew] | Season 1 Episode 1
Something of a family production, seeing as directorial duties on the show were shared by three related female directors: Agnieszka Holland, Magdalenia Łazarkiewicz, and Katarzyna Adamik. The series is set in contemporary Poland and peeks behind the scenes of Polish politics. The main character is Konstanty Turski, a little-known political science scholar and economist who suddenly becomes Prime Minister. How will this wellmeaning idealist handle the harsh realities of actual government?
12:45–13:15 Q&A With Magdalena Łazarkiewicz
After the screening a Q&A session with “The Crew” and “The Deep End” director Magdalena Łazarkiewicz will be held by film critic Ola Salwa.
13:15–14:15 “THE DEEP END” | Season 1 Episode 1
The first Polish socially aware TV series. The main characters work at an assisted living facility and, under the watchful eye of their boss, do their best to help their wards. It should be noted that the production received assistance from the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, which saw it as a new and unconventional way to fight various forms of disenfranchisement.